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Vanden Plas

Formed in 1990, German progressive metal band Vanden Plas combined the creativity of progressive rock with the aggression of metal. Consisting of Stephen Lill on guitars, Torsten Reichert on bass, Andreas Lill on drums, Andy Kuntz on vocals and Günter Werno on keyboards, Vanden Plas issued a great many singles in the '90s -- in that same decade they issued three full-length albums and an EP, all of which became increasingly more adventurous and innovative and helped build their European fan base. Their first full-length album, the self-produced Colour Temple, came out in 1994 and featured a straight-ahead metal style that highlighted Lill's guitar playing. That album would eventually be reissued by two other labels, giving the band more exposure and moderate commercial success. With their next album, the EP AcCult, they went in a completely different direction, making an entirely acoustic album that contained four fascinating covers, including Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind," and "Kayleigh" by Marillion. The album was a critical success and gave Vanden Plas the mandate to be even more creative with their next album, 1997's The God Thing. That album ventured off in prog-metal territory, combining LIll's great guitar arcs with heavily orchestrated sections, showing a heavy Dream Theater influence. Continuing in the same tradition was their 1999 release (on Inside Out Music America in the U.S.) Far Off Grace, which was followed in 2000 with a mid-priced live album, Spirit of Live. 2002's Beyond Daylight was next, showing the group growing into a more experimental and technically difficult outfit. ~ Stacia Proefrock, Rovi
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Tragically under liked. Cmon people.
Christ O. means good music
What does the Christ 0 mean don't tell me there one of these anti God lunatics !
aarontbachel d e r
Vanden Plas is the closest to Dream Theater I've found (with a solid argument for Redemption) but with a little more of an 80's shred edge vs. pure prog like DT. Absolutely love them!
Hey Ray3319, I love James Labrie, but I must agree with you that DT with Andy would be something... Amazing.
Imagine Dream Theater with that singer .. that would make the best band that ever lived (Even if DT already is ...)
There really good and Bosephus Yuletide saying that it's almost a good thing the the singer is a athiest...me and my friends were reading this at the same time and laughed...at h i e s t s are so stupid...sor r y God !
Vlodpg - They released The Seraphic Clockwork in 2011.
im just glad 2 hear it i havent had a computer in so long thank god 4 black friday
grantster9
wish they would put the Seraphic Clockwork album on here. it's amazing
Awsome band, any newer music than from 2006?
great band--love it. but let's not get carried away...dream theater is the zenith of prog metal and always will be...a few groups come close, and i agree this is one, but DTs songwriting is impossible to match. the closest i have heard is circus maximus.
Great band. Really, more interesting than Dream Theatre, which of late has gotten rather cliche despite the musicianship of the individual members (but ditch the vocalist guys!). I really enjoy Vanden Plas--balanc e between metal intensity and virtuosity. A thousand thumbs up!!
I'm still on of the same mind--DT was the zenith, but they're too predictable. And they need a new singer badly--that' s the problem. VP has harder edge. Love it!
The Seraphic Clockwork is definitly one of the best albums I have ever heard. Not a single song is bad, and all of them are good. My personal favorite is Quicksilver, followed by Holes in the Sky and Scar of an Angel.
Phenomenal. It's diffiult to find a group who knows a good balance between the intensity of metal and the musicianship of progressive rock. These guys could be like the next Dream Theater, only with a little mor metal influence.
Christ O is the perfect CD. Incredible. I can't wait for Seraphic Clockwork. I wish they would tour over
here. These guys are excellent musicians. One of the best bands around.
Pandora really needs to get Far Off Grace and Beyond Daylight, and pick up The Seraphic Clockwork when it comes out in two weeks.
rock n phuckin roll
"Christ O" ROCKS! :-))
We need to get the stupid homeland security department to let these guys into the US for once.
While there are religious influences, Vanden Plas is not a Christian band. Andy Kuntz (lead singer and lyricist) is an atheist. Their song "Father" is essentially an atheist prayer.
This is Christian Prog metal from Germany? WOW! That makes their music even more interesting and therefore more impressive.
I love this band to pieces. So much depth in their music. Christ 0 was a killer album, beginning to end. Very Dream Theater-like at times, but that's not a bad thing at all.

In fact, I've gotten a lot of Dream Theater fans interested in Vanden Plas!
Christians can be BAD A**, too.
They seem to have some christian influence in the lyrics... I'm not religious, but hell I don't immediately rule out a band because they choose to be. Very talented! \m/
An incredible mix of talent making a whole more than the sum of its parts. I really love their sound. I love the fullness of the production. This Band is haunting and intelligent. We need more Music such as this in the "mainstream" ! Great Band
horn23009
Vanden Plas is still pretty impressive though. :)
horn23009
Odinscross69 : I beg to differ. Metropolis Pt. 2 is much more complex and not even the most complex of DT's work. Who else could pull off a 24 minute song (Change of Season) and manage to keep our attention?
the_cadaver
Pretty damn good, not too abstract to the point where the song loses you. Just enough to take ya for a ride.
is this about Vanden Plas or Dream Theater? lol
odinscross69
Vanden Plas' Christ 0 is better than anything D.T. ever put out!!
Listening to 'Christ 0'. Appears to be well orchestrated . Similar to DT's days with Kevin Moore. I've worked with John, Mike, and Jordan at music clinics individually ; and with John and Mike together. Although Vanden Plas has some great chops on this tune, DT is still unmatched for musical arrangement, technical execution, and overall collaboratio n as five exceptionall y talented musicians with an unparalleled ability for total recall of their spectacular mathematical time signatures.
Vanden Plas is my second favorite band behind the masters, Dream Theater. They are the closest thing I've found to Dream Theater's talent and technical ability so far. If you like progressive metal I don't think it get's much better than Vanden Plas.
i forgive Andy Kuntz' nasalness for the masterpiece that is Abydos. If you dont own this album kick yourself and then go buy it.
A great band. I hope they continue to make songs.
maxhammer200 5
Woooosh ! What a marvelous band ! Vocalis has superb voice quality. Keyboardist is Master of subtle magnificence - t h e i r music is has astonishing time canges and syncopations . Guitarist is true shredder. Their preoccupatio n with the Divine is interesting also.
This band rocks! Love the harmony in the vocals!
pmankoda
sounds like what YES would do in the day, good stuff VP
The description naming Dream Theater as an influence into their prog metal musings is an interesting one. I'm sitting here listening to Christ 0, and am thoroughly enjoying it, and I'm a HUGE fan of DT, Petrucci, Rudess, etc.

This cut is excellent on its own, DT comparisons aside.
Hey, I'm fine as long as they aren't comparing it to DF...if you know what I mean.

I've only heard a few songs from these guys, but I can tell that they know how to write a good song.
too many comments here comparing VP with DT. they are both great bands. DT is more adventurous with their compositions which doesnt always pay off. VP is more traditional in their compositions and definitely more consistent. Its a pity their best album 'Beyond Daylight' is not on Pandora yet.
Amazingly good but DT has been and will always bee the answer!
Are the lyrics all sung in German on their albums?
They are good, but DT is other deal, on opinion no band can touch DT!
A unique voice in the genre.
Sweet!! Pettrucci is definitely safe though. They may kick a**, but they can't touch Dream Theater, especially since they are technically just using D.T.'s formulas for Prog metal.
They blow me away!!!
Yes, they are good.
A German Dream Theater all the way! Look out John Pettruci!

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